Newport Beach resident honored by KidWorks for her volunteerism

Camille Strader

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Camille Strader encourages and tutors eager youngsters

KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens, has named Camille Strader as its volunteer of the year.

Like clockwork, the Newport Beach resident volunteers her time every week to encourage and tutor the eager young minds who gather at KidWorks’ Dan Donahue Center to brush up their academic skills as they prepare for bright futures. Strader began volunteering at KidWorks in 2016.

She measures success one student at a time. “A young lady arrived at the Center early just so she had time to share her grades with me,” Strader shared. “I told her how proud I was of her, because I knew she had worked so hard to earn those good marks. Another elementary school student and I spent time memorizing multiplication tables for the number three. She stayed with it and now she is well on her way to success with the other numbers, too.”

“Camille has made a significant impact in the lives of many of our students through both one-to-one tutoring and her time in the classroom,” said David Benavides, KidWorks CEO. “Our students know and love her because she truly cares for them and we are thrilled to recognize Camille’s service to KidWorks and our students.”

Of Strader, Betty Garcia, KidWorks assistant program leader, said, “Camille has made such a positive impact on the lives of our students.  She goes out of her way to greet each one personally and to get to know them. There are dozens of student names to remember, and she does!”

Strader is also a 2018 OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree.

For more information and to volunteer, call 714.834.9400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://kidworksoc.org/summer-programs.